Cher pulls out all the stops as she brings her Here We Go Again Tour to Louisville, along with Nile Rodgers and Chic.
It seems as though the words Legend, Icon, and Diva are thrown around too easily these days, but a single name embodies all of these words: Cher. Since her career began as one half of the successful folk-pop duo Sonny and Cher, she has become, among other things the only artist to have a #1 single in six consecutive decades and an Academy Award-winning actress. After breaking with Sonny Bono, she has been able to establish herself in her own right as a successful solo artist. Cher has staying power.
It should come as no surprise that Cher puts on a show that is a feast for eyes and ears alike. With numerous Las Vegas residencies to her credit as well as starring in her own successful variety shows on television, she definitely knows how to “Wow” and audience and she proves this in Louisville. Beginning the show with a stage full of dancers as she descends from above, she launches into “Woman’s World” and “Strong Enough” both songs of empowerment and strength. She is greeted by an arena of screaming fans.
The night progresses with one hit after another, featuring songs from both her movie career and work as a solo artist. Cher is known for her exotic and dazzling wardrobe and tonight this is on full display as she changes costumes repeatedly throughout the set. The clever use of musical videos between songs allows Cher to make dramatic costume changes while also tying the segments together while she is off stage. Each time she reappears as a different persona, the audience is back on their feet in seconds.
Possibly one of the best moments for fans is when the set changes to reveal the familiar backdrop from The Sonny and Cher Show, and Cher returns to the stage with long black hair and bangs, wearing brightly striped hip-hugging bell bottoms, as if she has stepped out of a time machine. The arena erupts with excitement as she sings “The Beat Goes On” followed by “I Got You Babe”, this time with Sonny Bono on video to her right, joining her on the duet they performed together hundreds of times. It is a nostalgic and bittersweet moment.
After a trio of ABBA songs from her most recent film appearance in Mama Mia: Here We Go Again and the 2018 album of ABBA covers inspired by the music of the film, the night winds down when 1980’s Cher takes the stage, dressed almost exactly as she was for the video from her mega-hit “If I Could Turn Back Time”. At 72, she can still pull off that hardly there costume and wild curly black hair. The crowd loves every minute of it as she also sings “I Found Someone” and brings the night to a close with “Believe”, bringing everyone to their feet convinced that Cher actually can turn back time.
Starting the night in the best way possible, with a jolt of high energy feel-good music, Nile Rodgers and Chic turn the YUM Center into one big dance party. They begin with “Everybody Dance” followed by their first single, “Dance, Dance, Dance”. It is impossible not to dance along. Rodgers is a prolific songwriter and producer who has collaborated with dozens of music’s greatest artists. He lets the crowd know that they do Chic songs and covers of his #1 songs by other artists, but they do everything Chic-Style, being they are an “RnB, Disco, Dance, Funk, Soul” group. They treat the crowd to hits by Diana Ross such as “Coming Up”, David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” as well as one of his latest collaborations, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky. Chic is also well represented with “We are Family”, “Freak Out” and the last song of their set, “Good Times.” Flashing a million dollar smile throughout their performance, Rodgers and Chic put on a show worth getting to the venue early for. Late comers are sure to be disappointed they missed it.